Former InternetNZ president Keith Davidson has been appointed as a councillor on the ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) ccNSO Council (the Country Code Names Supporting Organisation). According to a media release from InternentNZ announcing the appointment, "Keith’s new role is as one of the two people representing the country code top level domains (like .nz) in the Asia Pacific region." The statement reads: InternetNZ chief executive Vikram Kumar says Keith's appointment to the ccNSO underscores InternetNZ's sphere of influence globally and continues the trend of New Zealanders succeeding in international internet governance roles. "Global relationships are a key part of our work and a significant effort we undertake on behalf of the New Zealand internet community. Ensuring that the right New Zealanders are engaging with the right international people is essential for delivering on our vision of an open and uncaptureable internet. "Keith is an incredibly successful advocate for InternetNZ and New Zealand. We are delighted with his appointment to the ccNSO. His appointment is another example of the respect that Kiwis are earning for their contribution to various international organisations responsible for the Internet globally." Davidson was executive director of InternetNZ from 2005 until 2009 and president from 2001 until 2005. He is also chair of the Asia-Pacific Top Level Domain Association, and will continue in that role as a ccNSO Council couuncillor.